After watching last night’s episode of The Amazing Race, I have two thoughts:
First off, Team Fun has finally won me over. I’ve spent most of this season annoyed with them and wondering what everyone else saw in them but, last night, they finally won me over. Even though they got lost and then got u-turned, they remained positive. They didn’t turn on each other. They didn’t whine about it. Team Fun may go overboard with the fun but they can work hard when they need to. I was actually happy that they managed to avoid elimination.
Secondly, I am so over Team Michael and Liz. For a while, I really liked them. They appeared to be the front-runners and I was happy about it. But, over the past few episodes, I have really gotten tired of having to listen to Michael whine about how he helps everyone but no one helps him. It’s a race. It was dumb to help those other people. No one held a gun to Michael’s head and said, “Go offer encouragement to the other teams! Do it now!” Michael has many good qualities but there’s only so much whining that I can take.
That said, I do understand why he was upset over being u-turned. If I was on the Amazing Race, I would like to think that I would never u-turn another team, unless it was absolutely necessary. Brooke and Scott were in first place and Liz and Michael were at the very back of the pack. (Add to that, Liz and Michael already had a speedbump coming up, which was going to slow them down regardless.) There was really no need to u-turn anyone.
I’m also not sure why Tara and Joey decided to go after Team Fun. It’s not like the racers are required to u-turn anyone. Last night was the third double u-turn on this season and I hope it’s the last.
But anyway, Liz and Michael have now been eliminated. Michael says that he views Liz as being his sister. They both said they would keep in touch. I bet neither hears from the other ever again.
Here’s how the teams did, in order of finish:
Coming in first, Tara and Joey! Team Boring strikes again! I think the secret of their success is that, since neither one of them appears to have a personality, there are no personality conflicts. They’re like robots, specifically designed to team up and run the race.
Coming in second, Matt and Redmond! The boys continue to run a good and positive race. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them win it all.
Coming in third, Brooke and Scott! Team Whiny is still in the race. It’s funny that they’re doing well but they both always look absolutely miserable about having to spend any time together.
Coming in fourth, London and Logan! London and Logan have somehow not been eliminated yet, despite always being in the back of the pack. They’re a lucky team. What if they somehow win? Stranger things have happened.
Coming in firth, Becca and Floyd! Team Fun finally won me over. Actually, to be honest, Floyd won me over and Becca’s kind of along for the ride.
Coming in sixth, Michael and Liz! Bye, guys. You had some good moments but there’s only so much time anyone can spend listening to Michael complain.
There’s four legs of the race left and we’ve only got five teams. That means that we’ve got one more non-elimination leg coming up. Despite struggling last night, I think Team Fun will make it to the finale. I also think that Brooke and Scott will be the next to be eliminated, followed by London and Logan. It’s just a feeling I have.
So, here’s my prediction for the finale:
Coming in third, Becca and Floyd.
Coming in second, Tara and Joey.
Coming in first, Matt and Redmond.
We’ll see if I’m right!